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Automatic emergency exit to enhance safety in buses

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An automatic emergency exit is in the making to enhance safety standards on KSRTC buses. The idea was pitched by the students of Gopalan College of Engineering, in a conference here on Friday.

Students researched the reasons for the increase in commuters’ death in bus accidents. The results showed that presently buses have only one emergency exit, which has to be broken down manually.

It may be recalled that in 2013 a Volvo bus from Bangalore to Hyderabad had caught fire and 45 people were charred to death. In such emergency cases, these automatic emergency exits help people escape out of the buses.

Speaking to The Beacon, Dr C. Prabhakar, Director of The Gopalan College of Engineering and Management, said, “Our students have worked on a project where in case of fire, all the windows of the bus will slide down automatically and the people can escape easily out of the bus. This emergency will be detected through the sensors installed in the buses.

Dr Prabhakar is keen on extending the facility to luxury buses. “ We also want the private and Volvo buses to implement it, as they too have a tight sealing of the doors and windows, causing inconvenience to the passengers trying to escape out of the buses,” he said.
The students demonstrated how their idea would work in case of emergencies.

Rhea Muthamma, II MS COM

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